Last night on an ESPN special edition, former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver (31-6, 22KO’s) scored a remarkable seventh round technical knock out of fellow American Johnathon Banks (29-3-1, 19KO’s).
The rounds leading up to the stoppage all started in the same vein; inactivity was plaguing Banks throughout and his corner were pleading with him to raise the tempo and try and put some pressure on his older foe. Tarver wasn’t doing a lot himself but still out scoring his opponent and getting the clear edge during each round with eye catching single shots.
Despite a thirteen month lay off, Tarver skillfully out maneuvered each attack by his 32 year old foe and was exhibiting a sharp jab and back hand which at times stopped the current Wladimir Klitschko trainer in his tracks.
A fast start to the seventh and a showcase of some of the speed from Tarver which brought him victories against the likes of Roy Jones Jr and Glen Johnson during the early to mid 2000’s, started to cause Banks some problems and it wasn’t long until he was to wilt under the fast hard punches and pressure of “The Magic Man”.
Tarver seemed to be getting his eye in, his timing and quality was beginning to show; after several unanswered fast shots referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the contest at 2.25 of round seven.
The heavyweight is now unbeaten in his last five fights, with his last defeat coming at light heavyweight against Chad Dawson in 2009.